Significant rise for Aberystwyth in latest QS World University Rankings

The Old College

The Old College

15 September 2015

Aberystwyth University is 52nd in the UK according to the latest QS World University Rankings which are published on Tuesday 15 September.

Overall the University has climbed up to 149 places from being amongst the top 601-650 universities in the world in 2014/5 to the top 501-550 for 2015/6.

There is more good news in key performance areas. Aberystwyth’s performance in Academic Reputation and Employer Reputations is up, as is its Faculty Student ratio indicator, and International Faculty indicators.

There has also been a significant increase in Citations per Faculty – the number of times research by Aberystwyth academics is referred to in publications by others – and follows the University’s excellent Research Excellence Framework outcome in 2014.

For Academic and Employer Reputation, and Faculty Student and Citations per Faculty, Aberystwyth is now ranked between 401 and 450. In the categories International Faculty and International Students, Aberystwyth is 229th and 271st in the world respectively.

Professor John Grattan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and International has welcomed the latest league table. He said: “This considerable improvement in this international league table vindicates the hard work, over the last three years, of our students and our staff in our commitment to student success and research excellence.”

Earlier this year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject saw five academic subjects at Aberystwyth University feature amongst the world’s elite – one more than the previous year.

Environmental Science was a new entry, appearing in the top 300 for the first time, whilst Politics (Politics and International Studies from 2015) climbed into the top 150 for the first time. Geography (top 150) and Agriculture and Forestry (top 150) retained their position amongst the world’s top 150, and English Language and Literature (top 300) retained its status amongst world’s top 300.